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In this episode I reflect on a metaphor which Freeman uses in talking about the “super-heated rupture” which can cause a society to suddenly shift in the direction towards more fairness and ultimately justice for its people.
Here’s an image of the super-heated sand (with a few other chemical compounds) being blown and shaped into glass:
As I mentioned in the episode, a few years ago I had the unique pleasure of visiting the Corning (NY) Museum of Glass where I witnessed this process in person and up-close.
If you’ve never seen glass blown (in person or otherwise) is fascinating to watch and I imagine quite difficult to do well.
If that video (and/or the podcast episode) got you excited about metaphorical or actual glass blowing, here’s how you can simulate it in your own home:
Back to the “super-heated rupture” (and away from the apple jolly ranchers which fueled my middle-school days) in which our society is these difficult days.